Thursday, February 08, 2007

Press Release - Two Views on the Resurrection

Contact: Nick Mumejian


Professors to discuss views on the resurrection of Christ
Dr. Joel Marcus from Duke Divinity School and Dr. Gary Habermas from Liberty University to Dialogue

DURHAM, NC— On Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., professors from Duke Divinity School and Liberty University will dicuss the resurrection of Christ, and their differing views on its historical and theological significance. The dialogue will take place in Room 0016 of Duke Divinity School, and admission is free.

The discussion will feature Dr. Joel Marcus Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Duke Divinity School, and Dr. Gary Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University.

“The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is the center of the Christian faith. This claim has historical, theological, and practical ministry implications. I think the resurrection is related to each,” said Habermas.

“Jesus' resurrection was central to early Christian self-understanding,” said Marcus. “Precisely because it was so important, the New Testament accounts of it are a mixture of historical memory and theological reflection.”

Dr. Gary Habermas (PhD, Michigan State University) is distinguished professor and chair of the department of philosophy and director of the MA program in apologetics at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Over the course of his career, Dr. Habermas has done extensive research and writing on the topic of the resurrection of Christ. He is author or editor of over 27 books including Resurrected? An Atheist & Theist Dialogue, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Verdict on the Shroud: Evidence for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and Dealing with Doubt.

Professor Joel Marcus teaches New Testament with an emphasis on the Gospels and the context of early Christianity in first-century Judaism. Jewish by birth, he has been a Christian for the past thirty years and an Episcopalian for the past twenty-five; the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, therefore, is an issue of existential as well as scholarly interest to him. His work attempts to fuse historical and theological concerns. His previous books include two monographs on Mark and the first part of a two-volume commentary on the same Gospel in the prestigious Anchor Bible series (Doubleday, 2000).

Dr. Habermas will also be giving a introductory lecture from 12:20-1:20 in room 0016 of the Divinity School titled: The Resurrection of Jesus and Current Scholarship.

A blog for the event can be read at Groups and individuals are asked to RSVP at

This event is sponsored by Duke Chapel, Duke Divinity School, Duke Socratic Club, Navigators, and The Interfaith Dialogue Project.

For more information, please contact Nick Mumejian at


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